Business Tips for the 4th of July

This one goes out to our stylists based in the U.S.A.—Happy almost-Independence Day! Here at Babe, we’re donning our brightest of reds, bluest of blues, and most brilliant of whites, and gearing up to celebrate the 4th with a slice of meat and some sparklers. But before we do that, we want to share some more practical tips that can bring the festivities from the backyard to the salon, and fill your pockets with a little bit of green, while you’re at it.

Install single red, white (platinum), and blue extensions
Take a page from our trade show events and install individual flag-colored strands for $5 a piece. It’s a fun way for clients of all ages to participate in the holiday, and it’s a simple way to generate some extra cash in your salon. Plus, it’ll introduce more of your clients to Babe hair extensions, and potentially pave the way to more thorough transformations later.

Style newly cut ‘dos in traditional American hairstyles.
Top off your typical services with a complimentary style, or offer these styles as a distinct service for a limited time. You can give clients the choice of various all-American hairdos, like the Gibson Girl, Marcel waves, pompadours, and (our favorite) victory rolls. The time expense will be well-worth it when your clients share their enthusiasm with all their friends.

Bring in some ice cream for your clients to snack on.
If there’s one thing we learned in college, it’s that people will gather around the prospect of free food. Wrangle in your tardy or ambivalent clients by tempting them with this small but delicious added perk—for a limited time, only! The great thing is that you can make your own at relatively little cost, so this tactic can work in lieu of a sale.

Simulate a block party
Part of the beauty of the 4th of July is getting together with large groups of people—sometimes your entire neighborhood—and throwing an old-fashioned soirée. Take all the tips mentioned above and combine them into a spectacular 4th of July event, then invite your friends and family to stop in for some strands and styles of their own. You could even partner up with other local businesses (like the restaurant down the street or the bakery next door) to offer a wider range of products and services, then charge admission per person at the door. Make it an event that you and your clients will remember fondly, or a recurring thing that they look forward to every year!

Tried one of these tips? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

 

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Time-Saving Tips for Extension Appointments

Professional hair extension installations can involve long and arduous work, but throughout the years, we’ve done our best to provide stylists with simple and effective hacks to make the process both easier and faster. Today, we’re going to catch you up on all the new ways you can make your installations faster, simpler, and all-around better! Let’s get started…

For All Methods

Quick Pick Hair Parter
This little tool is an oldie but a goodie, and is designed to replace your rattail comb. The Quick Pick Hair Parter rests on the finger of your choice (most stylists choose the pinky!), swooping easily through hair to establish clean and easy parts for perfect installations. The Quick Pick Hair Parter is always at the ready. And as of last year, we offer our Quick Pick Hair Parter in two sizes—(S/M) Regular and (M/L) Medium—for maximum comfort and convenience.

Hair Extension Organizer
Gone are the days of messy, annoying piles of strands during installation—the Hair Extension Organizer allows you to keep all those packs of hair tidy and organized from beginning to end! Best of all, the accompanying Hair Organizer Stand allows you to set up the Hair Extension Organizer in whatever location you want!

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For Tape-In

Styrofoam Mannequin Head
Tape-In installations are pretty speedy affairs, but re-installations are an entirely different story. Make the process quick and easy by introducing the Styrofoam Mannequin Head to your routine! It lets you keep track of your Tape-In placement throughout the removal, cleansing, and re-taping steps by pinning wefts to the corresponding area of the mannequin head. This will save you both time and hassle in the long run!

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For Fusion

Fusion Cutter
The Fusion Cutter streamlines your Fusion customization process by making it easier than ever to cleanly and safely snip the bonds on fusion extensions without the bond flying out of your hands! That’s one less thing to pick up, and one less detail to worry about.

Fusion Go Belt
Our newest hair extension tool is a wearable holster in which you can store your hot Melting Connector, protecting your skin and clothes from the device’s heat! Instead of setting the Melting Connector down after every single use, dock it in the Fusion Go Belt and walk around with it literally sitting on your side for easy access. The heat-free silicone insulation will keep you safe, while the holster will keep you mobile. No hands, no heat, no hassle!

Visit our Product Shelves to learn more about these time-saving gadgets, then visit your local distributor to see them for yourself! Before long, you’ll wonder how you ever managed your installations without them.

 

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Making the Most of Your Distributor

Distributors are to Babe what agents are to Hollywood starlets—they help make Babe the extensions powerhouse that it is. We love our distributors, and we’re sure you do, too (not least because they provide you with your Babe fix!), but are you sure that you’re making the most of their products and services? If your usual interaction with them involves stepping into the store, purchasing an item or two, and then going on your way, then we think not! Today, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can utilize your distributor to the fullest.

Promotions
Firstly, distributors aren’t just the storehouses for all the professional beauty products you can’t do without—they’re also the keepers of the discounts you really ought to have. Our distributors feature Babe and Babe Lash bi-monthly promotions, offering everything from marked-down hair extensions and tools to buy-one-get-one deals on lash-enhancing products. This month, they’re selling Flat-Tip at 15% off. And we know they have promotions for their other beauty brands, too.

Professional Support
Have a question about a product, or need a second opinion about a beauty-related decision? Call up your local distributor. Distributors are versed in the A-Zs of the products they carry, and they’re invested in your salon’s success (more clients for you = more business for them). Get their input and give them feedback within the same session—it’s a win-win for everyone!

Networking
Another thing about distributors is that they interact with a lot of other beauty industry professionals. Their staff knows stylists of varied specialties, beauty salesmen, human resource and marketing specialists from your favorite brands, and maybe even a founder or two. At Babe, we make a point of being on close terms with our distributors. Our CEO will visit them himself on occasion. So never underestimate who your distributor might know!

Continued Education
Many distributors are beginning to leverage their industry insight and valuable connections by including ongoing education in their menu of services. You can sign up for classes on highlighting, Brazilian blowouts, spray tanning, and now hair extensions! Babe is teaming up with some of our particularly education-minded distributors to bring you Babe intro classes and access to other events. Learn more about Babe events—including dealer classes—by visiting our Events page!

Visit your local distributor today to see how they can enrich your career, and pick up some Flat-Tip while you’re there! Our promotion ends at the end of June 2017.

 

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Products to Prep for Summer

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Summer is just around the corner, and we can just about smell the barbecues, beaches, and outdoor brunches already! Of course, it’s not all fun and food in the coming months—sun and heat-related hair damage is no joke, and you should be preparing your salon now to cater to the needs of your vacation-bound clients. So what should you have up and ready by the time June 21st rolls around? Read on to find out!

Heat-friendly after care products
Set your clients up with some after care products that style hair to perfection while protecting it from heat and UV radiation. This can include SPF-infused texturizing sprays and styling creams, or simply good, old-fashioned heat protectants. Make sure to put these products in a place of prominence so your clients can see them, and don’t be afraid to recommend them at the end of an appointment!

Dry Shampoo
Outdoor activities and additional summer sweatiness are, unfortunately, no excuse to over-wash hair extensions. Let your clients know that they can achieve the same level of cleanliness without the additional showers by incorporating some Dry Shampoo into their routine. Babe’s proprietary Dry Spray Shampoo is formulated to work perfectly with hair extensions, replacing every other shower and leaving a divine vanilla scent in its wake.

Fusion Go Belt
Chances are that your salon is hot enough in the summertime. Keep any additional heat from Babe’s Fusion Melting Connector contained using our brand-new Fusion Go Belt—a wearable, heat-resistant pouch that holds your activated Melting Connector safely and securely as you work. The best part is that the Fusion Go Belt enables you to move easily around your workspace, without needing to set down or reach around for your Melting Connector after every Fusion strand. Talk about liberating!

Blonde, funky, and pastel colors
Summer is a time when many clients want to try out lighter, bolder, and generally more playful hair colors, with hair extensions and mixed color alike. Give the people what they want by stocking up on blonde, vibrant, and pastel formulas, as well as blonde and funky hair extensions. We find that extension color #60 (Patsy) works as a great base for color makeovers. Seeing as it’s our lightest neutral shade, it readily absorbs any pigment added to it, without distorting the tone of the formulation.

Instant Hair
When you’re going from school to work to beach to bungalow and back again, flexibility is absolutely key. Clients may not want to commit to high-maintenance, semi-permanent extension methods when they’re gearing up for an eventful summer—especially since we don’t advise mixing professional methods and salt/chlorine water. Instant Hair is a simple compromise: it allows clients to enjoy the beautiful effect of semi-permanent hair extensions, without the sometimes limiting after care that accompanies it. All they have to do is take the extensions off before jumping into the water.

Flat-Tip
As far as semi-permanent extension methods go, we mentioned just recently that Flat-Tip is a great choice for summertime because of its forgiving installation/correction technique, its hat-compatibility, and it’s blow-in-the-breeze mobility. It’s also currently on sale at your local Babe distributor! Pay them a visit today and pick up some Flat-Tip extensions for 15% off—this May-June, only.

Marketing Materials
Finally, if you don’t have Babe Marketing Materials donning your salon walls, shelves, and mirrors already, now is the time to get with the program. They’re a fast and painless way to advertise your hair extension services to all of the clients who step foot in your space. And since summer tends to bring in a lot of new customers looking for hair transformations, it’s the perfect time to introduce them to Babe.

How are you prepping for summer in your salon? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Graduation Season

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Right now in the U.S., Pomp and Circumstance is playing on repeat. Students are packing their bags, putting away their textbooks, and donning their graduation gowns for a brisk march and a long ceremony that’ll initiate them into the next phase of their life as adults. It’s an interesting and overwhelming time, and stylists, as always, are there to make sure it’s beautiful, too. Whether it’s styling for the graduation itself or giving a young person an all-new look to commemorate their new life, graduation season presents a number of opportunities for growth and activity in your salon. So what should you do to seize them?

Schedule a targeted sale.
Offering graduating seniors a discount on hair services and/or aftercare products is a sure-fire way to attract new customers to your salon. A little attention and recognition can go a long way towards validating a client and fostering a positive relationship with them, so make it clear that you acknowledge their achievements and want to celebrate with them in the form of a well-placed sale!

Feature graduating students in your community.
Another, more personal way to recognize your graduating clients and make your salon a celebratory space is to feature their pictures, stories, and/or style transformations in the salon itself. Ask your clients whether they’d be willing to share these details, and offer them a reward or incentive for doing so! For example, you could select a few and give them full, complimentary makeovers, then show off the before & afters. This works as a promotion tactic, too.

Mentor a young stylist.
One distinct aspect of graduation season is a subtle-yet-persistent energy (sometimes bordering on anxiety) that comes from a whole new generation of young talent looking for something new to fill their time and bank accounts. Bring this energy and talent into your salon by mentoring a recent or soon-to-be grad who’s interested in hair and hair extensions. It’s the best form of training, for you and the student, and it could potentially produce a dedicated employee for your salon in the future.

Go back to school.
When it comes to new lives and new opportunities, it’s not just students who have all the fun. You can always return to school, get more training, or develop your career, too, and Babe has numerous resources to help you do just that. Sign up for a Mastery Tour or dealer class to interact with other top stylists and perfect your craft, or tag along with us to a Trade Show and help install hair extensions as a Babe show stylist. The next phase of your career is just around the corner.

Click here to learn more about Babe events and education opportunities.

 

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How To Ward Off Spring Fever

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Spring is like a siren song. It has an eerie-yet-agreeable way of making you want to jump ship to swim with the dolphins, frolic in the sunshine, or just sit outside with some sparkling water and a Kindle to keep you company. So what’s a busy, committed stylist to do when the urge to drop everything becomes too overwhelming to ignore?

Make the salon your paradise.
You don’t need to deprive yourself of fresh air and sunlight to do your work. If your heart is calling for springtime, bring the springtime into your salon. Open all the blinds, dim the inside lights, crack a window or install an air purifier to freshen up the air (which helps a load with allergies, too!). Then get to the good stuff—light some candles for a dew-like scent, play some gentle, upbeat music, and fill the space with flowers, which is sure to have you smiling ear-to-ear in no time.

Give yourself a fresh start.
Maybe your daily routine has gotten a bit old, or you’ve gotten a little too familiar with your space. That means it’s time to switch things up! Go on a spring cleaning spree, rearrange your salon furniture, update your tools and materials, and give your routine a total makeover. You can do this by streamlining your processes and making them more efficient, by introducing new services, and even by revising your pricing—something you should absolutely do now and then to account for your added experience and expertise!

Take a holiday.
If you’re still feeling sluggish, trapped, unmotivated, or under the weather, take an actual break. You’re a stylist, not a martyr, and you deserve a vacation just as much as any other dedicated worker. Give yourself permission to stay at home for a couple of days, or plan a trip to the destination of your choice. Sometimes the only remedy to the call of spring is to literally go outside.

Revive your practice.
Maybe you’re dealing with something a little more profound than just spring fever or a little burnout. If you’re feeling tired with your work, unfulfilled by your passion, or limited in your prospects, it may be time to up the ante on your career. Here at Babe, we always offer stylists opportunities for professional development, continued education, and interaction with other stylists from around the country. Catch us at a Mastery Tour class, come see us at a Trade Show, or stop by a dealer event to get started. In time, you could even be invited to events as an instructor or Babe show stylist, elevating your career and expanding your horizons on a regular basis!

Do you have any advice for warding off spring fever? What has worked in your salon? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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The Best Ways to Invest Your Tax Return

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Tax season is awful until you get your tax return check—then it transforms into an opportunity. That little bit of extra income for the month can be saved, spent, or invested. You can apply it to your next vacation or to your ongoing education. Here at Babe, we like to invest our tax returns in hair extension tools, courses, and professional development. Here’s why you might want to do the same!

Flexibility
Getting some spare cash opens up a world of options that you may not otherwise consider pursuing, and Babe is constantly offering new and exciting avenues for exploration. Look into our Lash Extension products and courses, discover our Babe Lash serum and makeup line, or dive into Fusion Micro Bonding with peace of mind and copious flexibility.

Convenience
Our products are designed to make your job as a stylist easier and more efficient. Shave time off of your installations with the Quick Pick Hair Parter, Hair Organizer, and our method-specific tools, and cut down your re-installation time with the Styrofoam Mannequin Head. Employ our quickest installation method—Tape-In—to achieve a full-head installation in under an hour. We’re here to streamline every aspect of the hair extension process, so investing in our products means unparalleled and ongoing convenience in your salon!

Reputation
Being up-to-date on all of the latest extension techniques and equipped with the newest hair extension methods and devices will make you a stand-out in the hair extension space. A well-stocked hair extension closet and well-maintained hair extension tools will indicate that you are a professional who is prepared for any extension job that comes your way. Investing in Babe’s products and services equals more human and manufactured capital in your salon, and more trust/respect from your clients and recognition from your peers. A good reputation is vital for a sustainable business, and it’ll help you to leverage your skills and increase your income.

Return on Investment
Ultimately, Babe tools and services enable you to generate more income in your salon, and to do so evermore quickly and easily. Well-made tools that last through many years of installations cost relatively little per use, but help to generate significantly more revenue. Tools that help to cut down on installation time allow you to earn more per hour, and to fit more installations into your schedule. And our top-notch hair extensions keep your clients coming back for move-up after move-up, so you can earn reliably and continuously throughout.

Ready to get started? Visit your local distributor today or sign up for an online or in-person education course.

 

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Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is in the air! It’s finally time to ditch the coats, boots, and styles of winter for lighter, fresher pieces, and to freshen up our salon spaces, too! But if you’re new to the spring cleaning game, don’t fret. Today, we’ll feature some of our go-to spring cleaning tips that help us in the salon, the office, and at home!

Pace yourself.
It might be tempting to conquer the entire room in one go, but oftentimes you’ll end up burning yourself out before you even finish. To make sure you stay at it, recognize that spring cleaning is a process—not a single task or action—and approach it piece-by-piece. Focus on cleaning the mirrors and windows one day, and emptying out the supply closet the next. Don’t bite off more than you can chew all at once.

Shed the excess.
We always recommend emptying the space out a little bit before you really get into the thick of cleaning and organizing. Pull your items from the shelves, empty out some drawers, and go through your inventory to get everything in view. Then, dispose of any expired products, identify any unused tools and gift them to someone else, and evaluate which products are selling well and which ones aren’t. This is your time to get rid of anything that’s not serving you, and to free up some salon space in the process.

Deep clean.
Once you’ve cleared the stuff off of all your surfaces, go to town with the soap and disinfectant. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to do a really thorough inspection of your salon, and you’ll be surprised to see just how dirty and grimy places can be even in spite of regular cleaning. Polish the floor, get into the nooks and crannies, reach into the light fixtures—go everywhere. You’ll feel great when you see your salon looking as good as new.

Fix what’s broken.
If there’s a chair in your salon that squeaks when you turn it, or a chip in the mirror at the very corner of the frame, now’s the time to finally fix it (or replace it, if necessary). Revisit all of your tools, containers, furniture items, and other frequently-used things to make sure that they’re in full working order, then set whatever’s out of shape to one side so you can address it immediately.

Take inventory.
If you don’t have an inventory system in place in your salon, now is a good time to set one up! An inventory system includes everything from the way your products are organized, the means by which they’re replenished, and the documents you keep to review all of your stock at a glance. A simple but effective system could involve just a tidy inventory closet, an Excel spreadsheet, and maybe a whiteboard shopping list. While you’re creating/updating your inventory lists, take the time to thoroughly review your stock and strategize for the future. You may find that you’re missing some of Babe’s newest tools, or that you’re chronically running low on a few select extension colors.

Reorganize.
When you’re ready to place all of your knick-knacks and products back into their vested places, think critically about your existing organization scheme, and whether there are any ways to improve the layout of your space or salon to improve your workflow. Place your most-used items within easy reach, highlight certain products by giving them a place of prominence, or keep a small selection of hair extensions at your desk to spark conversations about Babe. Changing up the arrangement of your items can have dramatic effects!

Create new systems.
Cleaning doesn’t end when spring is over, and it’s worth thinking about your ongoing cleaning routines so you can maintain an efficient and beautiful salon year-round. Create a schedule that addresses every area of your salon in the long run (ex. wash floors one Saturday, clean tools the next), then stick to it. Also, consider updating your waste disposal practices. Cut hair and used extensions can be reused in many ways, and for many purposes, including as test strands, pillow stuffing, oil absorbers, rope, doll hair, etc. Give old hair new life while preventing unnecessary waste. It’s a win-win!

Is your salon looking all sparkly and new after your spring cleaning session? Share some pictures of the results on Babe’s Instagram account!

 

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Color Hacks for Babe Hair

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Coloring jobs can be intimidating, especially when they’re being performed on human hair extensions. Fortunately, Babe has many resources, tips, and tricks to conquer any coloring exploit with Babe hair. Here, we’ve featured some of our best color hacks for your next color transformation.

Blending existing color shades
One way to update a client’s hair color involves the use of hair extensions alone—no color and no developer, nothing other than pure and simple Babe hair. Select shades from our available collection, then use the hair extensions to simulate the desired look. For example, though Babe may not offer the exact shade of red your client is looking for, you can mix strands of 30/33 (Ruby) and 27/613 (Bridget) to produce the same effect as a single, multi-dimensional red color. This is our traditional extension color method, and it’s a favorite among clients seeking highlights, lowlights, balayages, and even ombres without any color processing.

Coloring extensions to desired level
Custom color can be used to explore the terrain outside of Babe’s existing color collection, making any and every color available to clients. Whether you’re mixing for pastel hair, mermaid-esque locks, an icy silver ‘do, or even the perfect match to your client’s natural hair color, the possibilities of color are basically limitless. The only rules to keep in mind are:
– Use professional, semi or demi-permanent colors, only
– Do not lighten or bleach the hair—only darken
– Perform a strand test first
– Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them
– Color extensions before installing them
– Stay within two shades of the extension base color (unless you’re working with #60 (Patsy) hair)
– Always flip extensions to color both sides
– Go with the direction of the hair’s cuticle when coloring extensions
– Remove all tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them
– Use only color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner on color-treated hair

Warm-to-warm, cool-to-cool
One tip that we’ve found particularly helpful in the coloring process (though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, per se) is to stick with the same tone of hair. That means that, if your desired end color is a warm blond, select a warm-colored extension in a lighter shade. Similarly, if your desired end color is a cool medium brown, select a cool light brown to color, so as to preserve the tone of the hair extension. This will produce particularly vivid results.

#60 (Patsy) as an ideal base
When performing more drastic (or imaginative) color transformations, it might be necessary to start with a blank canvas. For Babe, that means choosing our #60 (Patsy) extensions. This shade is one of our lightest and most neutral, making it versatile enough to use in just about any color transformation. It will not have the same staying power as color jobs performed on shades within 2 steps of the end color, but it will have magnificently saturated results! This quality lends itself especially well to pastel, emerald, and fantasy-color jobs.

When in doubt, Color Swatch
If ever you feel uncertain about a color selection, or about the interaction between a color formula and an extension hue, refer to the Babe Color Swatch. It’s a great reference for extension colors, and can be used in a multitude of different ways to facilitate your color job. This March-April, we’re featuring a special Babe Tag promotion with our Color Swatch: get 3 colorful discounts and a free Quick Pick Hair Parter with your purchase of the Color Swatch. Discounts include: a free marketing kit, a free intro DvD, and 10% off your next order. Visit your local distributor to take advantage of the deal!

Did you try any of these tips in your salon? How did it go? Share pictures of your color transformations with us on Babe’s Instagram!

 

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Time for All the Spring Things!

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It’s officially spring! That means it’s time to transition your salon from the variously cozy and crisp styles of winter to the romantic, breezy looks of spring. If that prospect sounds overwhelming to you, or you’re just not sure where to start, don’t worry—Babe is here with some tips to help you through the project!

Lighter, warmer hair colors
Many clients will be coming in for a seasonal update in the next few months, usually to lift their hair to a warmer or lighter hair color. Prepare by stocking up on golden and fawn-like hues and inundating yourself with plenty of inspiration. Our Pinterest boards are a great place to browse popular colors and styles.

Pastel looks
Pastel hair colors are particularly popular at the moment, and besides being refreshing and eye-catching, they’re also seasonally appropriate. Fill your cabinets with #60 (Patsy) Babe hair to custom color Easter-y soft pinks, blues, greens, and purples.

Bridal ‘dos
Spring is basically marriage season, so brush up on some of your favorite bridal looks to ready yourself for any wedding-related appointments. Once you’ve mastered your Kate Middleton-esque ‘dos, you can whip them out for everything from weddings to school dances—they’re actually incredibly versatile!

Salon spring cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t only for your home—it’s also vital for your salon. Revisit all of your supplies, donating unused items, replacing damaged ones, and upgrading to new equipment when necessary. Deep-clean your tools, chairs, and surfaces for a brand-new feel in your salon. Finally, get acquainted with good upkeep practices to get you through the year until your next spring cleaning.

Inventory update
While you’re cleaning out your salon, take some time to update your Babe hair extension inventory. We regularly add new extension colors, textures, methods, and tools to our collection, so you’re almost guaranteed to have new Babe items on your shopping list each year. You can also attempt to reorganize your extension closet to accommodate the new items.

New sales and promos
Have new Babe items to buy but feeling short on cash? Take advantage of our various Babe promotions! These sales and discounts update every two months, and feature everything from hair extensions to tools to lash extensions, and even education! You can check out our current promotion—the Babe Color Swatch tag discount set plus free Quick Pick Hair Parter—on our Promotions page.

 

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